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Of the cruise ship war waging in Key West, Nashville J wrote:
and besides, it takes everyone’s eye off the Blvd widening fiasco!
Protesters have leapt into Venice’s Giudecca canal to delay a procession of cruise ships, which they say are threatening the city’s foundations as they tower over rooftops and drown the city in tourism.
It might be worth paying the small credit card fee to open today’s Key West Citizen online version – www.keysnews.com – to see the front page photo of the cruise ship plume, the exquisite all too true editorial cartoon on page 4 A, and the now familiar local big business ad on page 8A, saying in not very subtle words to vote yes for dredging the channel and having bigger cruise ships. You also can read the Citizen’s lengthy and generally confusing article on this war at sea.
Meanwhile, three other comments on the channel dredging referendum, so bigger Mother Nature-loving cruise ships can come into Key West:
From Ginger, Jupiter Beach, who has visited Key West several times on cruise ships en route to the Yucatan and Mayan ruins:
Sloan, where’d you get that incredible shot of cruise ships Port Everglades?
Jerry Weinstock, M.D., Psychiarty, retired, Key West:
1967, in my medical practice,one patient paid
his bill in stone crabs claws. He had traps in
the harbor collected in a small rowboat. The
harbor water was clear, full of marine life and
offered fine fishing. That has been decimated
and morphed into a murky dead zone, almost
cesspool status. Arrival of the Cruise Ships
killed the harbor and the blight has spread, a
malignancy with unhealthy tentacles.
cruise ships our air and water functions as
their sewer. Debarking passengers pay 56%
of all revenue to the Walsh’s,not to Key West.
The Army Corps of Engineers are supposed
to do an objective review on dredging which
in a shallow tropical sea like ours has been
labeled by Leeds University as a disaster.
Getting ugly was the scientific conclusion of
that study. Leeds in London is one of the
most well regarded environmental evaluators
in the world. The Army Corps. has produced
some of the worst environmental tragedies
ever recorded obliterating wetlands and
killing generations of Salmon, recently
engineering a dirty water scenario affecting
Florida Bay and our coral reef negatively.
Harold L. Ickes, Secretary of the Interior
for 13 years, under 2 presidents, said about
the Corps: “no more lawless or irresponsible
group than the Corps of Engineers has ever
attempted to operate in the United States
either outside or within the law…it is truly
beyond imagination.” Studying their record
closely that United States cabinet member’s
statement was right on target; Environmental
Protection Agency does detailed studies on
environmental impact not the Corps.If Key
West is basing their future, even partially, on
that group, I fear for all of us. Statements by
the Chamber and their attorney are mostly pure
sophistry,falseness,untruths and misinformation
my judgement based on intense research
over 8 years necessary for a book being
published, Again I fear for all of us, our
environment that sustains our planet and our
lives. The Walsh’s have stacked the deck
against us citizens seemingly motivated by
Jerrold J. Weinstock, M.D.
Member National Biological
305-294-3094 One Bougainvillea ave.
Key West, Florida 33040
Rick Boettger, Key West:
Me: Not only did they try to walk it back, they sequestered the video of the forum at which Dr. Lockwood, the Chamber President, said what Key West Citizen reported he said. At the next referendum forum, Lockwood denied saying it. Whereupon, Jolly Benson, who leads the public charge against the Chamber and the Walshes and the Swifts, said Lockwood said it, and then Jolly asked for a show of hands in the audience of who else heard Lockwood say it, and maybe 20 hands went up. Thereafter, Lockwood did not speak for the Chamber at referendum forums.
Also yesterday, from Christine Russell, aka Jaguar Woman, long time Key West resident and citizen activist, now spending more and more time in Panama, where she seems to be finding a new home for her soul and body:
Following the Key West news …
Stepping away from the dysfunctional politics of Key West, and I do not say that against any of my friend politicians. I say that about the politics of it all, and SOME not being able to say NO to their friends and STAND UP for the CITIZENS as a whole. When you get away from it all, when you tell others about the dysfunction, and some of the crazy things that have come out of mouths like Lockwood and JDH – my friends here in Panama flat out do not believe me. Come and experience Key West I tell them Here in Panama they are used to corruption! It is a way of life, seems to always have been and will probably continue, BUT this country is moving a light speed – compared to the US economy, having created a false sense of well-being and security. Here in Panama we have a new canal about to open in little over a year, Line 1 of the subway to open in a few months, and new roads, bridges, airports, hospitals being built everywhere. And yet KW can not move forward with a City Hall, homeless issues, a park FOR THE PEOPLE on 33 acres give to us 13 YEARS AGO, and then all the issues that recur over and over and over again – parking, traffic, towing, etc etc……. It’s sad and frustrating for everyone.
But now the point of my email to you. About the channel DREDGING and boy did we mess up when that language was NOT included in the referendum. Just too many EVIL, GREEDY individuals who have sold their souls to the devil in the name of the almighty dollar. There is a special very warm place waiting for them!
What amazes me thought is something NO one seems to be talking about. First you don’t do a study unless you WANT to DREDGE – right???! Well JDH and the Chamber should had been REQUIRED to deposit or prove they had the money they guaranteed for the study. I think it is $750,000 – so where is that money? SHOW US THE MONEY! And SHOW US WHO or WHERE it is coming from!! We so often do everything backwards! What if the referendum passes and they don’t come up with the money – WHAT THEN? I have asked this at Commission meetings. No answer
But here is what I can not believe is NOT BEING TALKED ABOUT: WHERE IS THE MONEY COMING FROM IF the DREDGING was to move forward eventually. The City is required to come up with 25% of the cost of the project! Sp the dredging would cost $30 or 40 million today. Keep in mind N. Roosevelt was originally like $23 million and 4 years later by the time it started it was what $41 million? So if the CHANNEL DREDGING is $40 million today, in 10-20 years with inflation, money printing and God know what else, let’s conservatively say the project is $80 million. And so the CITY WOULD HAVE TO COME UP WITH $20,000,000. Why are those against the dredging not asking people HOW THEY WOULD LIKE THEIR TAXES TO TRIPLE OR WORSE to DREDGE the Channel. If this is about economics – LET’S TALK ABOUT ECONOMICS. Not just the economics of the CONCH TRAINS and the WALSH’S who want to line their pockets with cruise ship dollars – BUT LET’S TALK ABOUT THE COMMON CITIZENS ECONOMICS – JUST WHERE WILL THE CITY COME UP WITH THIS MASSIVE AMOUNT OF MONEY. LET’S BE HONEST WITH PEOPLE and tell them their TAXES WILL SKY ROCKET. The citizens of KW are NOT STUPID. Yet they have been talked down to by arrogant people like JDH, Lockwood, Belland, Swifty and others.
I hope the good people of KW see through the rhetoric and smoke & mirrors, this would only end as a bait & switch. I hope they realize what this will cost us all – in terms of MONEY, the damage to the environment, and the loss of our tourists – the ones we want. NOT the 3 hour crusies, but rather the ones that come and stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants, have cocktails, buy art, attend plays – the tourists that maintain our economy!
See you next week – coming back for the elections
Your friend politicians voted to put the channel widening study on the referendum, they agreed to the wording, which did not use the word Dredging, as did Last Stand agree to the wording.
I picked right up on your comment:
The City Commission should stop asking for citizen input, should stop appointing committees, and decide something and do it, no matter what the citizens say at the required vetting meetings.
Doesn’t sound too much like a Democracy! But those who think we live in a Democracy would be very wrong. We live in a Republic. As in the People’s Republic of China and other famous “Republics”. Where did we ever get the idea we had a democracy?!
My friend here in Panama, Pat, who is the founder and Director or Spay Panama, used to be responsible for the finances of the Panama Canal. Just yesterday we were talking politics. Politics of Panama and the various parties and politicians running for President. We talked about how everyone has their own ‘agenda’ and who can you trust – not that different from America. I commented that at least Panama moves forward with projects, that we in Key West have been beating those same dead horses for years - it’s like a really bad soap opera that you tune in 20 years later and there’s Luke and Laura and the same old stories unresolved after all those years. Pat told me the fastest way to kill an idea is to appoint a committee to study an idea! SO TRUE. Or also as Key west likes to do – spend money on studies – $400,000 on a trash study, $200,000 on a traffic study – then they generally sit on the shelf.
Now I do have to admit when it comes to the waterfront park – I want a watchdog! Some of us tried to get Projects for Public Spaces in on the planning www.pps.org - they REALLY LOOK OUT FOR THE CITIZENS INTERESTS! That feel on deaf ears in the city, it was obvious there was some kind of agenda – those damn agendas! So I like TWAB being there. I think the citizens need some kind of a watchdog – God knows what they will do without someone watching….like prioritize a mega amphitheater right to the top of the list! Look back at the charettes of many years ago and even the one at Douglas gym – I don’t think that was a priority to any of us But it is to someone. Maybe because it will produce the mega bucks (like the MEGA MARINA was supposed to do). Sadly I don’t think that is what we all had in mind – I think we wanted a small sort of unstructured place for our symphony to perform, maybe Shakespeare in the Park, or Howie and MM24. But I have a feeling someone has their eye on some BIG CONCERTS and BIG $$$$ Just wait until Truman Annex hears the sound checks from some BIG LOUD concerts and freaks out Probably another lawsuit the way people like legal battles in the US I bet the city even tries to sell the amphitheater to some corporate sponsor to carry their name…like maybe the Carnival Arena OR the Costa Amphitheater!
There was a money maker I have suggested over NAY YEARS (to DEAF EARS AGAIN) - a Saturday Morning Market.! Everyone (CITIZENS) liked the idea of a multiuse space and a Market that would sell coffee, food, art, fruit and veggies, flowers and plants, bread, honey, maybe ever fresh fish off a boat and with live entertainment. Being a tourist town the market probably could become a daily thing. It could generate several hundred thousand dollars year.
St Petersburg certainly knows how to do it! I St Pete! I always count the days until we make trips ther to see Brian’s doughter and move our things slowly to storage up there. I have talked to their market founders and managers over the past 4 or 5 years and they think what we could do is even bigger than their market, that in held in a parking lot in downtown St Pete.
In case any one else is interested you can see the fabulous market they have in St Pete atwww.saturdaymorningmarket.com Most real towns and cities do have markets and eeryone LOVES them!
Their mission: The mission of the market is to be the ‘heart’ of St. Petersburg – the place, more than anywhere else, that people feel a strong sense of joyful connectedness and creative community.
- While great food, interesting crafts and lively music are all wonderful elements of the market, this spirit of community is what really defines the market experience.
- Many customers have shared that they think that the market is the most significant improvement to quality of life ever in St Petersburg.
Customer Satisfaction - A customer survey indicated how delighted customers are with the market.
*On a 5 point rating scale, customers rated us a 4.8!
- Over 50% attend 2-4 times per month.
- Many say the market is the highlight of their week, and is the best thing about St. Petersburg.
- Extensive ‘word of mouth’ from our customers has been our strongest source of advertising.
Attendance - We’ve grown to become the largest one-day-a-week fresh market in the Southeast US, with about 8 – 10,000+ customers each week.
St Pete does not have the tourist numbers that we do, so this could be even bigger in our little island!
But I gave up on the idea. I am only so masochistic and got tired of beating my head against a stubborn brick wall – it really started to hurt.
I don’t know what is wrong with Key West, but I am really happy now being the Special Events & Fundraising Coordinator for Spay Panama. The people and animals all love you. You are not given all the reasons why something will not work – rather they appreciate anything and everything you do for them It is a very positive family of friends I have there. It’s nice to to positive things instead of ‘fighting city hall’
I would recommend it to everyone – find your passion and work for the good of something.
Oprah says ‘You get from the world, what you give to the world” and I have discovered a very RICH LIFE
I hope you and others have found or will find their passion and happiness with some group that can use and appreciate their time and talent.
Tomorrow bright and early we head out to a spay blitz in the Panama City burbs very close to the Canal.
Tomorrow we should go over 60,000 animals spayed and neutered since 2002
It’s all good
Hi again, Christine -
I have to come home to clear out the house and sell it.
That unfortunately will take a few months, I have collected too much stuff.
I thought I had come to KW forever, now I know nothing is forever.
I do hate leaving Spay Panama right now I am in the middle of so many exciting adventures!
And I hate leaving our beautiful oceanfront condo – but it is waiting for us, and I may be returning
in a couple months That is up in the air, they want me back in a month – that’s impossible.
Too much to do in KW. So I will just have to see how things go when I get back and see when I can return.
Brian and I may be spending Christmas, New Years, Jan and beyond here if the house sells quickly.
VERY anxious to get back, I am leaving so much unfinished business, but there will always be special events
in the works and animals that need spayed and neutered…tomorrow I get to play Vet Tech in Post op, give injections, clipping ears, etc. It’s funny the human clients think we all are doctors. I walk down the streets and through
the shopping centers here in a town of 1.3 million people and strangers call me doctor – recognizing the gringo
from Spay events.
It’s late – gotta get to bed, we are up and off with the sun in the morning…….
Am really glad you have found something down there that makes your soul sing. Maybe there are other areas of interest waiting in the wings to pluck you soul harp even more.
I did a very interesting soul drawing yesterday, at Fort Zach. I stopped doing the drawings maybe around 2008. There was nothing there, no more inspiration, it seemed. Then last year, Erika Biddle approached me about being involved in the Hidden in Plain View homeless art and poetry exhibition, and I was moved to do a very large soul drawing, compared to all previous drawings, because of the big art and poetry book she was having made out of old lobster traps. I wondered if more drawings would come, but none did. Until day before yesterday, when on came on the smaller 9X12 watercolor paper I had become used to using. Then, a second drawing came yesterday. I imagine I will go out to Ft. Zach today, or maybe I will just set up on a sidewalk somewhere, and do another one today.
Back a ways, I used to sit on city sidewalks in a folding chair doing soul drawings. Only sold one, which I had done on a part of a cardboard box top. That was before I was using acid free 140 lb. water color paper.
The style perhaps can be described as aboriginal, as I have no formal art training, and I never really taught myself to draw or paint. I just sit down with a pencil and the art paper notebook and whatever goes onto the paper is the outline of the drawing, which sketches itself. Then, I lightly trace in the pencil outline with a thin-point black pen, and then I start coloring it in with Crayoloa watercolor markers. Or, it starts coloring itself in.
I have done hundreds of soul drawings. It used to be that they pushed something into motion in this dimension, sometimes I could read the future in them, sometimes not. Sometimes later, I could see the future was in them, but only ensuing events gave the meaning. I first called the drawings, shaman drawings, but that was too obscure for most people, required explanation which did not seem to stick well, so I changed to calling them soul drawings, which, I suppose, it what they really are.
Talkin’ ’bout your troubles it’s a cryin’ sin
Ride a painted pony,
Let the spinnin’ wheel spinYa got no money, and ya
Ya got no home
Spinnin’ wheel all alone
Talkin’ ’bout your troubles and ya
Ya never learn
Ride a painted pony,
Let the spinnin’ wheel turnDid ya find a directing sign
On the straight and narrow highway?
Would you mind a reflecting sign
Just let it shine, within your mind
And show you the colours that are real.
Spinnin’ wheel spinnin’ to
Drop all your troubles by the river side
Catch a painted pony
On the spinnin’ wheel ride…huhSomeone’s waitin’ just for you
Spinnin’ wheel’s spinnin’ true
Drop all your troubles by the river side
Ride a painted pony,
Let the spinnin’ wheel fly.